January 2007 Archives

Gump Worsley 1929-2007

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Gump. Had the name long before Forest.
Short. Squat.
Goalie without a mask.

Gump. Four Stanley Cups.
Smoked between periods.
Goalie without a mask.

Gump. Childhood Hero.
Minnesota North Star.
Goalie without a mask.

Gump.

Pan's Labyrinth

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What do you get when you mix a 12-year old girl with a spirited fantasy life, a bed-ridden pregnant mother, the Spanish resistance, and a sadistic Army Captain with daddy issues? You get a magical movie that is beautifully shot, thought provoking, and shifts so seamlessly between fantasy and the brutality of war, that you forget to notice which is which.

Pan’s Labyrinth is a fairy tale about a lonely bookwormish 12-year old girl Ofelia who creates a fantasy life just as harrowing as her real life… a life which consists of living in a Spanish military outpost with her nasty-mean stepfather who is charged with murdering Spanish resistance fighters living in the woods. Between a throwing up giant toad, a Faun that would scare the pants off of Mr. Tumnus, shape shifting tinker bells, and the “pale man? who screws his eyeballs into his palms in order to see, Ofelia must complete a set of tasks in order to become a princess and preside over the underworld. However in the end, it’s Ofelia’s choices in the real world that decide her fate.

A truly glorious movie that deals with the real world issue of the morality of obeying a direct order while simultaneously asking otherly-world questions regarding the afterlife. A must see!

Friday Random Top 10

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Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Lyla – Oasis
2. We Live Again – Beck
3. Leah – Roy Orbison
4. Big Rock Candy Mountain – Tom Waits
5. Action Time Vision – Alternative TV
6. Another the Letter – Wire
7. Man on the Moon – R.E.M.
8. Secure Yourself – Indigo Girls
9. Willpower – The Replacements
10. Prove My Love – Violent Femmes

This entry also brings a sad goodbye. My 20GB I-pod is on it's death bed with a corrupted hard drive. It took a bit of coaxing to get these 10 songs out and is probably not reflective of all 5,100 songs on the I-pod as I know many songs are kaput and can't be played any longer. So this will be the last Random Top 10 with that I-pod. So here's looking at you kid... may your soon-to-be silence not diminish the many hours of musical pleasure you brought to my ears.

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On the bright side, I already picked up a brand new 30gb video I-pod so don't cry any tears for me. I got it on e-bay for $200 which is a pretty good deal. I don't intend to watch episodes of Lost or the latest Jay-Z video on it, but I may upload some pictures and use it as a mini-photo album. What interesting things have you video I-pod geeks put on your I-pod?

Five Things you Never Knew About Me

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I am going to try to relaunch this blog. First by posting more often, but more importantly as a vehicle for writing. This might include essays, reviews, poems, and critiques. Since it’s somewhat trendy to describe yourself with five relatively unknown facts, I thought that’s how I’d start off:

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1. I once peed on the J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, DC.


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2. In 1987 I participated in a march commemorating the 7th anniversary of the “Polish August? at the Solidarity Church in Warsaw, Poland.


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3. At the first ever Twins game I went to, Harmon Killebrew hit a homerun that landed about 3 rows behind me in the left field bleachers at the old Met.


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4. Even though I read between 15-18 books a year, only one or two will be fiction. Having said that I’ve read The Lord of the Rings 7 times, East of Eden 5 times, and The Magic Mountain 3 times.


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5. I’ve been up close (within 10 feet) to two Presidents (Ford, Reagan) and one future President (Clinton).

Bonus!

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6. I shared a school bus stop with the girl who became Mrs. Christian Laettner.


What are 5 things about you?

Friday Random Top 10

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Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Someday Soon - Wilco
2. Fire - Jimi Hendrix
3. Eminius Sleepus - Green Day
4. Evenflow - Pearl Jam
5. Can't Help Fallin' In Love - Elvis Presley
6. Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
7. But If I Ask Them - Sis Cunningham
8. Sweet Jane - The Velvet Underground
9. The One I Love - R.E.M.
10. U-Mass - The Pixies

Wow! Some classics here. That's Why I love doing these lists. What's your Top 10?

Note: Changes to this Blog coming soon!! Stay Tuned.

Friday Random Top 10

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Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Love and Marriage – Frank Sinatra
2. Stormy Blues – Billy Holiday
3. Howlin’ at the Moon – Hank Williams
4. The Way Young Lovers Do – Van Morrison
5. The Vegetable Belt – Jack Logan
6. Losin’ You – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
7. Pretty Fly (for a White Guy) – The Offspring
8. (All I can do is) Dream You – Roy Orbison
9. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
10. Tom Joad – Woody Guthrie

Wow, 5 songs over 50 years old. What's in your top 10?

Friday Random Top 10

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Here it is! In the tradition of American Idle, every Friday I will turn the I-Pod to shuffle and see what it spits out. This Friday's Top Ten:

1. Jackson – Johnny and June Carter Cash
2. John Henry – Bruce Springsteen
3. Mysterious Ways – U2
4. Continental Trailways Blues – Steve Earl
5. Mary Jane – The Vines
6. Going Back – The Byrds
7. Digging a Hole – The Beatles
8. Ways of Love – Neil Young
9. Down the Highway – Bob Dylan
10. Radiation Vibe – Fountains of Wayne

What's in your top 10?

TCF Bank Stadium

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The University of Minnesota unveiled it’s new football stadium designs to mostly positive reviews on Wednesday. The biggest surprise from previous drawings was the turning of the field 90 degrees to a mostly east-west direction. This accomplishes two things: Gives folks in the stands a fantastic view of the Minneapolis Downtown skyline and it allows the open section of the stadium to become a plaza. Other key features of the stadium:

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Evokes old Memorial stadium as it will be built mostly of brick and will include “arched entries? around the entire perimeter of the stadium.

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Field will be eight feet below grade, allowing views of the field from the west end plaza.

Expansion-ready as more stands can be added along the top tied of the stadium.

Concourses double the size of the Metrodome and seats large enough to accommodate our ever increasing girths.

Of course, as with any stadium project (ahem Twins ballpark), costs have gone up. Some costs can be attributed to improvements made to the project (the wider concourses) while others are typical project increases such as soil corrections and inflation.

All in all a good start for a much needed stadium. I for one will be looking forward to opening day on September 12, 2009.

Holidays 2006

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Here are a couple of highlights from the past Holiday season.

Gear Daddies at the Fine Line. The Gear Daddies were in fine (line) form Saturday night as they played their annual holiday show. It’s a great gig as the band plays all their old favorites and the crowd drinks a lot and relives old times. The crowd is easily 60-40 women to men with lots of unattached 30 and 40 somethings on the prowl at a last chance of snagging "just the right guy." Thankfully I went with my wife!

Guitar Hero II. This has got to be the gift of the year. Use your PS2 as a way to play guitar to a bunch of classic rock songs! It’s as addictive as it sounds. The selection of songs is great… everything from Kiss and Cheap Trick to The Allman Brothers Band to Rage Against the Machine and the Butthole Surfers. Some awesome encore songs too, including Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. A cool, cool video game.

Glen Mason Fired. Like coach Monson, a decision that was probably made a year too late, but a good decision nonetheless. The Gophers have actually had decent talent the last couple of years, at least on the offensive side of the ball and have woefully underachieved. The collapse against Texas Tech was just plain embarrassing.

Apocaplyto. A beautifully shot, intense movie that was quite violent but wasn’t gratuitously so. Sends a pretty modern message about the arrogance of a tribe that believes it has the God-given right to exploit its natural resources and rule over those less fortunate and less powerful than itself.

Reds. The story about John Reed and the leftist/socialist movement in WWI-era United States. When we were in New York this past summer we stayed on the same little block where, some 85 years earlier, Reed wrote 10 Days That Changed the World.

How was your holidays?

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